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Tony the Truck Stop Tiger still waiting

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Tony the Truck Stop

Tiger still waiting

Bonnie Snider's photo

Animal Advocacy Examiner

December 10, 2011 – Like this? Subscribe to get instant updates.
Tony still waiting in his prison
Courtesy of ©Mary Haik

Back on November 3rd, the article was published about the huge victory for Tony the Truck Stop Tiger.  The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ADLF) in concert with advocates for Tony had succeeded in getting a court decision that the permit to keep Tony imprisoned was unlawfully issued and would be revoked, with no new permits ever being issued.  You can read that story here.

Sadly, the good news has been short-lived.  On November 30th, Tony’s guardian and owner of the Tiger Truck Stop, Michael Sandlin, has filed an appeal of the decision.  Also, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries filed papers regarding the decision that stated they were responsible for the costs.

All of this legal wrangling means that Tony stays right where he is.  This is even in the face of the fact that the current permit expires this month, regardless of the court decision.

Tony is an 11-year-old Siberian-Bengal tiger who has been used as nothing more than an attraction at the truck stop, living in an enclosure where he is taunted by tourists and breathes the gas and diesel fumes constantly.  The fight to free Tony has gone on for years, with roadblocks being thrown up at every turn trying to keep him in this prison.  You can read Tony’s story in detail at the Free Tony the Tiger website linked below.

The youngest advocate in Tony’s campaign, 11-year-old Breawna Smith, visited Tony on November 19th and took several videos.  The video provided here courtesy of Ms. Smith is one she had created called “Tony’s Journey” and includes her narration of a poem she wrote for him.  It’s heartbreaking to see this magnificent animal reduced to this existence. You can visit her YouTube site at the link below to view all of the videos she’s taken of Tony.

Who knows how long this latest round of legal maneuvers will take, all the while as Tony waits. Even though Judge R. Michael Caldwell agreed that the permit should be revoked, which would have set Tony free, Sandlin simply won’t allow Tony to have that peaceful life.  He wants his “main attraction” to stay, bringing in the customers and of course, the income.

It appears that Tony is caught in the middle of a tug-of-war between what’s right and just, and pure and simple greed.  This magnificent animal is wasting away right before our very eyes, while the slow wheels of bureaucracy grind on.

The petition at Care2 is linked below.  While advocates believed their voices had been heard and Tony was finally to be free, such is not the case and your voices are still needed for Tony.  Please consider adding your voice to this petition for Tony.  (The petitions at Care2 normally allow for anyone from any country to sign.)

Advocates in Tony’s campaign have vowed to never give up.  As his staunchest supporter and Founder of the Free Tony the Tiger campaign, Sky Williamson’s motto says: “Until His Last Breath…” That one statement says it all.

Don’t give up Tony.  Advocates everywhere are fighting for you to finally know the peaceful life you so deserve.

Click here to sign the petition:  “Free Tony the Truck Stop Tiger Now, Not Later”.

Click here for Tony’s story at the Free Tony the Tiger website.

Click here for the YouTube site for lovebigcats2011 for more videos of Tony.

Click here for the ADLF website updates on Tony.

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Judge Rules To Remove Tiger From Grosse Tete Truck Stop

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Owner: Every American Should
Have The Right To Own Exotic Animals

WDSU.com
updated
11/4/2011 3:16:48 PM ET2011-11-04T19:16:48

The debate over whether a tiger
can remain as an attraction at a Grosse Tete truck stop has been clawed at for
years. A state judge ruled that the Tiger Truck Stop owner could no longer keep
his tiger, Tony, at the gas station. Michael Sandlin, Tony’s owner, said
thousands have come to marvel at the exotic animal on display at the truck stop.
“We’re from Florida and we were on our way to Texas and it was kind of amazing
to see a big cat here,” said Jody McGahan, a Tiger Truck Stop customer. “He’s
beautiful” “Every American should have the right to own an exotic animal of
their choice if they’re financially and morally capable of taking care of that
animal,” Sandlin said. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries gave Sandlin a
permit to keep the tiger, but a nonprofit group, the Animal Legal Defense Fund
filed a lawsuit against the agency in a bid to have the cat moved to a more
natural setting.

“They want to yank him
from the only home he’s known for the past 10 years and the people that he’s
known and send him to another cage somewhere where he won’t have that,” Sandlin
said.

The paddock the animal is kept in appears larger than some zoo
exhibits with a grassy area, a tank for the tiger to swim in, toys, shade and an
air conditioned room for Tony. The barred cage is surrounded by a barbed-wire
fence and the truck stop is staffed 24 hours, Sandlin said. Regardless, a judge
will have to decide if the attraction will be allowed to stay. “He’s beautiful.
I would miss him,” McGahan said. Sandlin hasn’t filed an appeal yet, but his
attorney said he plans to do so. The Animal Legal Defense Fund said it will
“continue to do everything we can to make sure Tony’s next home is a reputable,
accredited sanctuary that can give Tony the life he deserves.”

“Tony’s Journey” a Tribute to Tony the Truck Stop Tiger By: Breawna Smith

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TONY GETS A PHYSICAL …OCT 27, 2011

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For Legal Reasons this was not going to be posted until after the trial but since 2 pages have already posted it- I guess there is NO reason not to share it now. Think about it – why would Sandlin get a physical for Tony right before court? Use your common sense…..

DO NOTICE HOW SHANNON THE VET DARTS TONY ON TOP OF THE
CONCRETE DEN THEREFORE HE CAN FALL OFF AND BREAK HIS NECK. WOULD IT HAVE BEEN
SO HARD TO THROW A PIECE OF MEAT DOWN ON THE FLOOR SO HE WAS NOT IN DANGER OF
FALLING????? SO IN REALITY THE MOST DANGEROUS PART OF SEDATING TONY WAS THAT
THE VET DID IT IN A PLACE WHERE HE COULD HAVE FELL AND BROKE
BONES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RIGHT FROM THE START THE LIES BEGIN- TONY HAS ONLY HAD A VET SINCE 2008. HE NEVER HAD ONE BEFORE. 2.) AFTER ALL THE FIGHTING ABOUT SEDATION LOOK WHAT THEY DID. ★★★MESSAGE FOR JOE EXOTIC-MR. EXPERT★★★ LOOK JOE EXOTIC ONCE AGAIN YOU MADE AN A** OUT OF YOURSELF AND YOUR WORDS ARE BITING YOU IN THE A**

EXCUSE ME! YOU DO NOT “CLEAN” TEETH WITH PLIERS- YOU PULL TEETH WITH THEM. YOU GUYS REALLY THINK WE ARE A BUNCH OF REALLY DUMB PEOPLE………
THE VIDEO SAYS TONY PASSES WITH FLYING COLORS……… HOW COULD YOU POSSIBLY KNOW THAT WITHOUT GETTING THE TEST RESULTS BACK??????

THIS IS WHAT JAMES PLATT POSTED: “that is one awful song! too bad you had to have this done, but it proves you were right and Tony is okay”.
beerkat88 3 days ago

THIS IS THE SAME IDIOT THAT CLAIMS THAT HE DID SO MUCH TO HELP TONY TO FREEDOM!!!!!!

 

Rescheduled Hearing Date & New Video of Tony

In "breawna smith", "corruption", "Free Tony The Tiger Campaign", "grosse tete", "Iberville parish", "michael sandlin", "tiger truck stop", A.E.L.L.A., ALDF, exotic, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger on 20/10/2011 at 2:15 PM

UPDATE: October 7, 2011: The exception hearing on October 17th is rescheduled to November 2nd when the court will also hear The Animal Legal Defense Fund ‘s motion for a permanent injunction to revoke the permit which allows Mr. Sandlin to keep Tony at the truck stop.

The following video, taken on October 6, 2011…

Truck Stop Tiger And The Law

In "Free Tony The Tiger Campaign", "grosse tete", "Iberville parish", "michael sandlin", A.E.L.L.A., ALDF, exotic, louisiana, michael sandlin, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger, truck stop on 01/10/2011 at 5:30 AM

Truck Stop Tiger And The Law

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art27858.asp
The animal activist community let out a reserved sigh in May 2011 when the Louisiana government decided to uphold the law. Louisiana mandated that the Truck Stop Tiger service station surrender “Tony” the 11-foot (335cm), 500lb (227kg) tiger to a conservation park and intended to revoke the permit of ownership. However, in June 2011 Michael Sandlin, the permit holder, filed a Petition for Intervention and brought forth evidence to prove that the tiger kept in the parking lot is the result of inbreeding and therefore is considered a generic tiger in the eyes of the law.

Generic tigers are considered outside of the protection of the Endangered Species Act because tigers in the wild do not normally inbreed their species. This loophole is being challenged by animal welfare organizations like the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) in an effort to get it closed so that these tigers are protected. The reasoning is based on the issue that tigers are not indigenous to the United States and the proliferation of inbred generic tigers is a direct result of humankind’s interference with the continued preservation of an endangered animal, which is in direct contravention to the Endangered Species Act.

The number of caged inbred tigers is estimated at 10,000, which surpasses the estimated global wild population of 7,500 tigers. The tragic reality remains that generic inbred tigers deal with so many prevalent medical conditions that this tiger population could not replace tigers found in the wild should the animal become extinct, rendering the intention of the Endangered Species Act inert from failure to protect and preserve the endangered tiger species.

The overpopulation of generic tigers is a problem that is quickly facing challenges similar to that of domesticated animal shelters, only on a much larger scale. The permit holder, has openly vilified wildlife rescue organizations for being sub par in their ability to effectively care for displaced wild animals and is quick to offer his opinion that animal regulations exist to protect humans from animals and not the other way around. However, he neglects to address the issue of why organizations like the Big Cat Rescue are necessary in the first place. He also fails to acknowledge that such programs have required standards that must be maintained to remain active, whereas a gas station does not have the same obligations.

If people left wildlife where it belonged and did not constantly usurp the law, there would be little need for such programs. These organizations face the challenge of creating reasonable space that keeps pace with the deliberate and irresponsible breeding rates of generic tigers, in addition to other displaced wild cats.

Truck Stop Tiger History:

The permit holder purchased four tigers from a breeding farm in Texas for the purpose of offering a tourist attraction at his business. He purchased a brother and a sister, “Toby” and “Rainbow” and two of their inbred offspring, “Sophia” and “Tony.” “Sophia” was a white tiger who was slated to be “Tony’s” breeding partner until she passed away from complications at 4 years of age.

In an attempt to replace the white tiger, forced inbreeding between brother and sister and mother and son produced 13 cubs without success. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) advised the permit holder to turn over the tigers to the Tiger Haven conservation facility in Tennessee. He complied with the exception of “Tony.”

The Life of “Tony” the Truck Stop Tiger:

The tiger lives in a reinforced cage that altogether totals 40 feet x 80 feet (12.16m x 24.32m), which is about the size of an average dining room and is located 300 feet (91.44m) from the gas pump island, which is approximately five semi-truck lengths in distance. His diet consists of 15 lbs (6.8kg) of meat each day, except Sundays, and an automatic water bowl.

The gas station is located directly off the highway and is open 24 hours each day. This makes the standard environment for this tiger to consist of gas fumes, truck airbrakes, highway traffic, and debris. The tiger lives primarily off sympathy donations that are typically generated by negative media attention. The most recent donations went towards painting his cage the Louisiana State University colors of purple and gold.

ALDF goes back to court in October and November 2011 on the tiger’s behalf. The contention is that the gas station is a public business that dispenses petrol and is not designated as a zoo, carnival, conservation, or breeding farm. Therefore, there is not a general expectation of awareness from customers. Even though the local law enforcement has a general escape plan on file there is no way to effectively prepare random consumers from an attack in the event of an escape.

Public pressure is likely to play a strong role in the outcome of this case. If court proceedings fail, the permit will be renewed in December 2011. The Louisiana government once saw the legal merit in removing the tiger from the truck stop and revoking the permit of ownership. ALDF is hopeful that they will see it again and remove the tiger to an environment better suited to meet his needs.

For those interested in lending their voice in support of ALDF’s efforts please sign the Release The Truck Stop Tiger Initiative.

Animal Life Site
BY:Deb Duxbury
BellaOnline’s Animal Life Editor

Tony’s History & Issues

In "corruption", "Free Tony The Tiger Campaign", "grosse tete", "Iberville parish", "michael sandlin", A.E.L.L.A., ALDF, exotic, LDWF, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger on 28/09/2011 at 2:46 AM
Tony’s History

Tony was born at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana, in 2000, residing with three other tigers who were confiscated from the facility in 2003, leaving Tony as the lone remaining tiger.

~Issues

~Improper veterinary care

~Lack of space

~Multiple USDA citations to the facility
~Hard, concrete substrata

~Stereotypic behavior

~Rust

~Inadequate enrichment

~Improper nutrition

~Exposure to extreme temperatures

~Improper environment


*Tony is surrounded 24/7 by gasoline fumes, roaring truck engines, and noise from the nearby freeway.

One World Conservation supports the campaign to revoke the exhibitors permit of Michael Sandlin, Tony’s owner.

PUT MOUSE ON TONY’S PICTURE THEN CLICK ON ARROW: http://www.oneworldc.org/campaigns#!__campaigns


TRUCKSTOPTIGERTONY’s Channel ~ FOUNDER & FRIENDS OF FREE TONY

In "corruption", "Free Tony The Campaign", "Free Tony The Tiger Campaign", "grosse tete", "help tony the tiger", "Iberville parish", "michael sandlin", "Tony's Journey", exotic, truck stop on 21/09/2011 at 2:46 PM

SEVERAL VIDEO’S OF TONY THE TRUCK STOP TIGER IN GROSSE TETE LOUISIANA I-10 EXIT 139 

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Updates On Tony

In "corruption", "Free Tony The Tiger Campaign", "grosse tete", "Iberville parish", "michael sandlin", "Tony's Journey", A.E.L.L.A., ALDF, exotic, louisiana, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger on 12/09/2011 at 12:33 PM

August 29, 2011: Via The Animal Legal Defense Fund:“This morning, the Louisiana Court of Appeals ruled that Michael Sandlin and the Tiger Truck Stop are necessary parties to the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s lawsuit to free Tony the Tiger and ordered a new trial in the case.” In so ruling, the Court vacated the permanent injunction issued by the trial court that would have freed Tony in December.

The decision means ALDF will need to amend its complaint to add the new defendants, then re-do the litigation thus far. While we disagree with the Court of Appeals’ ruling, this is just a minor set-back. We are confident that the trial court got the law right the first time around and will rule the same way when we go through it again with Mr. Sandlin and the Tiger Truck Stop as parties.”

August 15, 2011: Today’s exception hearing concerning Mr. Sandlin’s attempt to have the case dismissed has been denied. The judge will not allow the “interveners” to be party to the suit or to have the case dismissed.

On August 15, lawyers for ALDF will be in court in Baton Rouge to defend against Michael Sandlin’s, attempt to get the case dismissed. The Court has also set a hearing date of September 15 for ALDF’s motion for a mandatory injunction, which seeks an immediate revocation of Sandlin’s permit to keep Tony.

July 18 2011: The hearing scheduled for July 22, 2011 has been postponed. More information will be posted when available.

June 21, 2011: New hearing date of July 22, 2011 announced.

June 14, 2011: The hearing scheduled for June 14 has been postponed to a later date yet to be determined.

June 3, 2011: Next Steps in ALDF’s Fight to Free Tony the Truck Stop Tiger http://www.aldf.org/article.php?id=1723 A new hearing on the motion for a mandatory injunction has been set for June 14.

May 16, 2011 From ALDF: Answers to Your Questions About ALDF’s Win for Tony the Tiger http://aldf.org/article.php?id=1711

Victory For Tony!!! On May 6, 2011 Judge R. Michael Caldwell grants a permanent injunction which blocks The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries from issuing a new permit to Tony’s owner Michael Sandlin. More information: http://www.aldf.org/article.php?id=1700

On May 5, 2011 ALDF goes to court for Tony . More info: http://aldf.org/article.php?id=1699

On April 11, 2011 The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit against The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and its Secretary Robert Barham. The lawsuit argues that the permit issued by the LDWF which allows Tony to be kept on display at the truck stop violates state and local laws. Read more at: www.aldf.org/tony . There are two ALDF sponsored petitions for Tony; please sign and share the links: http://tinyurl.com/tonyaldfpetition and http://www.change.org/petitions/speak-out-for-tony-the-truck-stop-tiger

On December 14th, 2010, The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries renewed their permit to Tony’s owner allowing him to keep Tony at the truck stop. Please voice your objections to the renewal of this permit.

More trouble for Tony the Tiger

In "corruption", "Free Tony The Campaign", "Free Tony The Tiger Campaign", "grosse tete", "Iberville parish", "maria davidson", ALDF, exotic, LDWF, michael sandlin on 04/09/2011 at 3:38 AM

More trouble for Tony the Tiger

Posted by Alex Woodward on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Back in May, the Animal Defense Fund slapped a big ol’ lawsuit against the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to remove Tony the Tiger from an I-10 truckstop roadside attraction.
Judge Michael Caldwell denied truck stop owner Michael Sandlin’s request for a new trial. His ruling denied state agencies from issuing new permits to keep the big cat, a 550-pound Bengal-Siberian. But now, the state’s 1st Circuit Court of Appeal sent the file back to Caldwell, saying the owner deserves another hearing.
Does he? Read more about Tony and Sandlin in Gambit — about violations at the truck stop, like “failure to properly clean cages to maintain adequate sanitation, failure to maintain structurally sound cages, not utilizing a sufficient number of adequately trained employees, improper food storage, failure to provide sufficient food, unsanitary feeding practices, failure to have a veterinary care program, mishandling animals, failure to clean water receptacles with algae growth and failure to provide shelter from inclement weather.” Sandlin has been named a Top 10 offender by PETA, and violator of the USDA’S Animal Welfare Act. Here’s the April ALDF campaign video for Tony, with True Blood‘s Kristin Bauer:

Following the appeal, Sandlin’s attorney Steve LeBlanc told the Adovcate, “We’re very pleased. This will give us a chance to correct the situation.” In a statement following the ruling, ALDF attorney Matthew Liebman called it “a minor setback” and is “confident that the trial court got the law right the first time around and will rule the same way when we go through it again.”
On the Tiger Truck Stop website, a petition reads: “Is Tony in need of being rescued? No, he is in good health, has a nice compound, and is very loved by his owner. … The rights we all have as Americans are being torn away from us daily by the Animal Rights Groups. What does an organization on the west coast really care about a tiger in Louisiana anyway, other than to make headlines and put another notch in their gun?”

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